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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3244319

Was a tad suprised to read that on ESPN as on a bunch of Mariners boards they had said there was no chance he would be given the nod over King Felix. Mariner fans will have a treat watching Bedard pitch all year long.

It will be interesting to watch how he performs under pressure. He never had that here. It will also be interesting to see how the fans react if he implodes on Opening Day like he did last year.:eek:

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http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3244319

Was a tad suprised to read that on ESPN as on a bunch of Mariners boards they had said there was no chance he would be given the nod over King Felix. Mariner fans will have a treat watching Bedard pitch all year long.

You would think that after everything that they threw our way to get him that he would be the opening day starter but it shows that the fans are still not that happy about the trade. At least from Bavasi's standpoint, Bedard is worthy of being Ace, or he just may have a lot of splainin' to do after he swapped him for the tenth (?) best minor leaguer in baseball.

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Serioulsy? Felix is homegrown and had more W's than Erik last year...I'm kinda surprised by this. They're probably hoping this helps them sign him long term..

What do wins have to do with who they pick as opening day starter? You pick the most dominating pitcher, Bedard.

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In 2007 -

Hernandez = 110 ERA+, 1.37 WHIP, 7.08 K9, 9.88 H9, 2.51 BB9

Bedard = 146 ERA+, 1.08 WHIP, 10.93 K9, 6.97 H9, 2.82 BB9

It's a nice problem to have. The Orioles haven't had anything approaching that kind of talent in the #1/#2 spot since Mussina/Erickson.

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Wow.. I would think this is a bit early to announce that he is the OD starter! I bet Erik was like "Yeah, okay. Did you see that Panthers game the other day? I hope that guy is ok. I want pizza."

We all know how he loves being told he is the OD starter. :)

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It will be interesting to watch how he performs under pressure. He never had that here.

It remains to be seen whether Seattle will be a serious contender, despite the Bedard acquisition. Losing Jones is a blow to them offensively and defensively, losing Sherrill hurts the bullpen, and a lot of experts feel they weren't nearly as good as their record last year. (They went 88-74 despite being outscored 813-794.) I hope they do contend and give Bedard the chance to show how he will perform in the heat of a pennant race. I'm pretty sure if they don't make the playoffs, he won't be the reason.

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